Sermon Summary from October 1, 2017
Mark 14:12–31 (ESV) • Pastor Chris Liu
Passover is an important holiday that the Jews celebrate which reminds them of God delivering the Israelites out of Egypt during Moses’ day. In Mark 14:12-31, Jesus and His disciples were about to celebrate passover. During this meal, Jesus told His disciples that one of the twelve was going to betray Him. After the meal, Jesus would tell them that they were going to scatter and run away after
He dies. Peter vehemently denies that He would run away, but Jesus told Peter that he would betray Him three times before the night ends. Jesus’ disciples and especially Peter faced a reality that they didn’t expect.
In the same way, we have these expectations about how we live our Christian lives. We expect to be faithful followers of Christ. To spend time with God daily. To memorize Scripture. To witness to others and bring them to Christ. To live a pure life (in thought and action). To have the right attitude in all circumstances. But the reality is that we rarely meet those expectations. We are faced with the reality that we are all sinners. We are imperfect people. We can’t live up to the standards God has for us and the expectations we put on ourselves as followers of Christ.
The Good News is that God knows that which is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins. He was the perfect sacrifice that we couldn’t make or be. That is why the Lord’s Supper is such an important part of our worship to God. In Mark 14:12-31, during the passover meal, Jesus foreshadows to His disciples what is going to happen. His body would be broken. His blood would be spilled. He would die for all people.
Each time we come to the Lord’s Table and partake in communion, we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice that was made for us. We are also reminded that Jesus wants us to participate in His death and resurrection. We are to die to ourselves and to this world and live a new life in Him. We are also reminded of this covenant that is made between God and us. He will forgive us of our sins and we are to live faithful lives to Him.
The cool thing is that God knows we are imperfect sinful people and yet He still chooses to use us and wants us to be a part of what He is doing in the world around us. The disciples did run away after Jesus died. Peter did deny Jesus three times that fateful night. But after Jesus’ resurrection, God continue to use Jesus’ disciples and especially Peter to change the world. In the same way, I believe that God wants to use us to change the world that we live in today.